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    GBH Music, JazzBoston, and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra present a special tribute to Duke Ellington to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the iconic jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader's birth.

    The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, one of the longest-running large jazz ensembles in the world, will showcase Ellington's works, such as Caravan, by Duke and Juan Tizol, Come Sunday, and I’m Beginning to See the Light featuring Aardvark vocalist Grace Hughes, for live audiences in Calderwood Studio and streaming for audiences at home.

    The performance will explore the music of Ellington and his long-time artistic collaborator, jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger Billy Strayhorn. Guests will hear Blues to Be There from the Ellington/Strayhorn Newport Jazz Festival Suite, Chinoiserie from The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse Suite, and It’s Freedom, from the Second Sacred Concert.

    Mark Harvey, the music director of the Aardvark Orchestra, will lead the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and acclaimed pianist Tim Ray.

    This event will be hosted by James Bennett II, a co-host of GBH’s The Culture Show and an arts and culture reporter for GBH News.

    This magical night is bound to sell out. Get your tickets today! You have two ticket options:

    * $50 in-person event experience from 7:15-9:15pm, includes wine and cheese pre-reception or

    * Virtual Tickets (Free) from 8-9:15pm. The performance can be streamed for free with an advanced RSVP

    Please note by registering for this event your name and email will be shared with GBH and JazzBoston.


    About Jazz Boston JazzBoston connects, promotes and advocates for the musicians, audiences and venues of Greater Boston’s dynamic and diverse jazz community. The nonprofit organization spreads the music and message of jazz and celebrates Boston as one of the world’s great jazz cities. Find more information at jazzboston.org.


    By RSVPing for this event, you agree to receive timely news and updates on events, films, and special offers from GBH.


    Photo credit: Kate Matson


    This event is presented with support from our sponsor The Goldstein Family Fund.


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